Confederation College, Canada.
Confederation College is a provincially-funded college of applied arts and technology located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.It was established in 1967, and has area campuses in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa. The college, with its area campuses, serves an area of approximately 550,000 square kilometres. It is the only public college servicing Northwestern Ontario. Confederation's regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $411.2 million annually.
A leader in Indigenous education, Confederation College helps set policy for Indigenous learning across the post-secondary education sector. It offers niche Indigenous programs and many supports and services for its Indigenous learners.
Confederation College was founded as a trade school in 1967, during the formation of Ontario’s college system. Air Vice Marshal (ret'd) Douglas Bradshaw was the first president of Confederation College from March 6, 1967 to 1974. His vision of an aviation program in the north was implemented in the College’s Aviation Centre of Excellence. He died on 1/10/1996. In his memory, the Douglas Bradshaw Athletic Achievement Award is presented to a graduating student, having the most improvement in and contribution to athletics and whose quality of spirit and competitive drive contributed to the overall success of the Confederation College Athletic program.
The college offers a full range of programs and educational services throughout the region, which includes over 60 full-time post-secondary programs, as well as part-time credit and non-credit courses, specialty programs for business and industry, pre-employment and skills training programs, apprenticeship programs and cooperative/workplace training programs.
Each year, Confederation College has approximately 3,400 full-time post-secondary students, 370 apprentices, 550 adult training students and 4,205 part-time post-secondary students & many thousand students accessing continuing education courses. The student body includes a large population of Indigenous students, and a growing population of International students.